The Last Lions
The Last Lions (2011)

A resilient lioness in Botswana's Okavango Delta embarks on an epic journey of survival in this nature documentary from National Geographic and award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Wrenching and wondrous, Dereck and Beverly Joubert's documentary The Last Lions is not a tale for the faint-hearted.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

an extraordinary achievement

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A gorgeous looking film filled with the sort of footage one can only get with patience and persistence.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

While "The Last Lions" lacks the visceral excitement of some other survival dramas, it has anthropomorphic heart to spare.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

There's some heartbreaking stuff here but also moments of triumph. Not to mention visuals that will leave audiences breathless.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Many of the sequences are intense, like those in which the lioness refines its hunting strategies in unfamiliar territory. But they're undercut by Jeremy Irons's sonorous narration.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

No matter how you feel about real-life drama being shaped and enhanced in the editing room, this is wildlife storytelling at its formidable finest.

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Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

It's uplifting, but also raw and brutal.

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